Allied Warships

USS Porter (i) (DD 356)

Destroyer of the Porter class


USS Porter while leaving the Mare Island Navy Yard on 10 July 1942

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassPorter 
PennantDD 356 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down18 Dec 1933 
Launched12 Dec 1935 
Commissioned25 Aug 1936 
Lost26 Oct 1942 
History

She started her service in the Atlantic, and was relocated to the Pacific Fleet in 1937. She left Pearl Harbor on the 5th of December, 1941 for a patrol around the Hawaiian Islands, escaping the Japanese air raid. Then she operated with Task Force 11, before joining Task Force 16, and left for the Solomons.

On 26 October, 1942, in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, USS Porter (Lt Cmdr David Gillies Roberts) was hit by a torpedo from a crashed American torpedo bomber. When the plane ditched the torpedo broke loose and hit the Porter. The crew abandoned her, and she was scuttled by gunfire from USS Shaw. USS Porter received 1 Battle Star for her services before her loss.

 

Commands listed for USS Porter (i) (DD 356)

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CommanderFromTo
Charles William Weitzel, USN (1)
1Cdr. Forrest Betton Royal, USN25 Aug 193611 Jun 1938
2Harry Draper Hoffman, USN11 Jun 1938 (1)

3Frederick Irving Entwistle, USN15 Jun 194121 Mar 1942
4Lt.Cdr. David Gillies Roberts, USN21 Mar 194226 Oct 1942

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